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Branch AGM

The Niagara Hamilton PPBSO Branch AGM will be held November 3rd. After the meeting concludes there will be social time for attendees. An online meeting will be posted closer to the date for those that would prefer to participate virtually.


November 3rd 2023

Band Room of James St. Armouries

200 James St. N, Hamilton

Passing of Graham Kirkwood

It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Graham Kirkwood. Graham was a lifelong musician and tremendous supporter of the Niagara Hamilton branch as a player, teacher, and judge. The expertise and laughter he brought to the world of drumming will be deeply missed.

In memory of Graham the family wishes to have monetary donations go to the Branch. All donations will be put towards future Agnew Harrison competitions. If you would like to make a donation please send an e-transfer to the email address below.

Branch Executives



Julie Stewart




Duncan Hollinger



Duncan Robertson



Marell Gibson



Records Secretary

Jennifer McCullough

Social Media

Madelyn Neil

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2023 Livingstone Recordings

We've put together recordings of the top 3 placings for both the MSRHPJig and Piobaireached contest. You can watch them below or directly on YouTube. Thanks to Ken Eller for recording and Tyler Bridge for editing.

Recordings from the April amateur contest are also available

2023 Livingstone Results

Light Music

  1. Ian K MacDonald

  2. Sean McKeown

  3. Tyler Bridge


  1. Nick Hudson

  2. Sean McKeown

  3. Ian K MacDonald

Overall Winner

Sean McKeown (Piobaireachd preference)

Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario

The PPBSO — the Pipers’ and Pipe Band Society of Ontario — administers piping, drumming and pipe band contest at various highland games throughout Ontario. Several of these annual summer competitions have special designations, including the North American Championship, the Canadian Championship and the Ontario Championship.

The Niagara-Hamilton Branch is one of several local PPBSO branches throughout Ontario. We hold monthly meetings from October through April.

In addition to being a fun social gathering, our meetings provide opportunities to develop piping and drumming in our area.

We hold annual Amateur Competitions for amateur pipers and drummers.

We also hold the Livingstone InvitationalAgnew-Harrison Drumming Invitational, support the George Sherriff Memorial Invitational and The Highland Gala.

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